Congress: The Electoral Connection
In this second edition to a book that has now achieved canonical status, David R. Mayhew argues that the principal motivation of legislators is reelection and that the pursuit of this goal affects the way they behave and the way that they make public policy. In a new foreword for this edition, R. Douglas Arnold discusses why the book revolutionized the study of Congress an...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 216 pages
Published November 10th 2004 by Yale University Press
(first published October 24th 1974)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-30 of 134)
Scholarly writing is such a challenge for this reader... but the book is mercifully brief. This volume has value to be sure, but is looking more and more out of date since the Republican Revolution days of Newt Gingrich. Congress still works like this in some ways, but a lot has changed.
Educational? You know it. Gripping? Please, spare me. Though the book taught me a lot it wasn't a special read, like most books tackling a dry subject. C'mon, political sciencers of the world! If us English kids can write acclaimed books on grammar, you can surely step up your congress educating game!
Mayhew's classic work on Congress. He posits that members of congress are rational actors who main goal is re-election and the body of Congress is organized to facilitate this goal. You can quibble with his assumptions, but you cannot deny the book's influence over the past 35 years.